Whether you're planning an extended vacation, a quick getaway, or just a local wanting to explore more of your own city, the perfect weekend in San Diego is so easy to put together. Whether you're travelling with kids, looking for something romantic, or looking for something fun and cheap to do on the weekend, there is something for everyone. What I love the most is that things are so chill and easy going here. Travel in San Diego lives up to its "America's Finest City" name and can characterized by that blonde surfer dude with the perfect tan and long wavy locks of hair. Here are undoubtedly some of the best parts about the city that you definitely want to add to your weekend trip itinerary.When planning your weekend in San Diego, these are the key highlights you want to make sure you hit up.Located on a hundred acres of land in Balboa Park, this is one of the best zoos in the USA. Transport yourself into the lush jungles of the Amazon, to the bamboo forests of China, and the dessert plains of Australia. Encounter rare and endangered animals. Spanning a massive 100 acres, the zoo is broken down into geological and climate areas from around the world so depending on what you're interested in, you can jump straight to one area first. Despite being a large area, they've put in place a variety of transportation options for you so you don't have to walk too much. There's a guided bus tour that takes you around a full loop, a shuttle bus that makes periodic stops around the zoo, and also a skyfari aerial tram.Absolutely family friendly, there are a ton of fun activities for the kids, entertainment staff that are spread out throughout the zoo, live performances, and stroller-friendly facilities. Make sure you bring comfy shoes, lots of sunscreen, and account to be here for the full day because there's that much to see. During the summer, also make sure you don't miss out on the nighttime zoo.Easily one of my favorite attractions in San Diego, this US Navy super-carrier-turned-museum might just be the most thorough exhibit of military aviation and what it is like to live and work on ship that's practically it's own city.When it comes to famous urban parks in the US, most think about New York City’s Central Park but would you be surprised to hear that Balboa Park’s 1,200 acres is nearly double in size? What truly makes Balboa Park unique and a must-see is because not only is it a beautiful green space but it is also home to 15 major museums, several performing art venues, world-class gardens, and many other attractions such as the San Diego Zoo.The design of the park is centred around the famous El Prado pedestrian walkway which features highly ornamented Spanish-Renaissance style buildings and a big part of it is because most of these were constructed for the Panama-California Exposition the California-Pacific International Exposition that were hosted here.Feature free walking tours, tram system, a number of restaurants to choose from, and all the museums, shows, and attractions that are available, you can easily spend a full day here. It’s fun for the whole family.In the heart of San Diego is the lively Gaslamp Quarter that covers 16.5 blocks of the downtown core. There’s a lot of history steeped here and if you take the Old Town Trolley through here, you’ll learn about where the Victorian-era and art deco buildings originate and how someone by the name of Alonzo Horton purchased the land that nobody wanted into New Town which is most of what downtown San Diego is today. Today, the neighbourhood has transformed into an urban playground that still proudly showcases its history but also is a thriving vibrant place for nightlife, independent restaurants, retail shops, residential lofts, skyscrapers, theaters, and of course the baseball stadium. Gaslamp Quarter is the perfect place to end the day by grabbing a drink, getting your dose of retail therapy, watching a baseball game, grabbing a meal run by a celebrity chef, or partying the night away.